The 4 Major Benefits of Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is on the rise- for more reasons than one. Immersing your body into a cold chamber to shock your nervous system awake can offer you some serious health benefits. From helping you with your mental health to speeding up your recovery after exercise, this cold exposure therapy can give your body the boost it needs to thrive.
Why Should I Try Cryogenic Therapy?
When you go in for a cryotherapy session, you expose your body to extremely low temperatures (-110℃ to -160 ℃). Though you’re only exposed to the cold for a few minutes, there’s still enough time for your body to receive positive results from this therapy.
There are three main benefits you expect from Cryotherapy:
1. Weight Loss / Metabolic Rate Boost
Cryotherapy subjects your body to frigid temperatures. Hence this puts your body in a state where it’s going to want to maintain homeostasis. Keep in mind that calories are simply units of heat. What happens during cryotherapy is that your body actually increases its basal metabolic rate to burn calories in an effort to maintain a healthy body temperature. The effect of this is that you’re able to burn up to 500 calories in a 2 to 3 minute cryotherapy session! Many are turning to cryotherapy for weight loss as a quick and easy tool to make progress.
2. Pain Reduction
The frigid cold environment in the cryochamber will quickly reduce your core body temperature. This sudden drop gives you a sensory shock and activates your nervous system. Along with this shock, your blood vessels also constrict, reducing your blood flow. However, as soon as you step into the warmth again, your vessels expand, and this can lead to an increase in the production of anti-inflammatory proteins. Through this mechanism, cryotherapy can help reduce pain and inflammation.
If you also suffer from headaches and migraines, cryotherapy can help reduce the constant pain by numbing the nerves in your neck and cooling the blood in that area.
3. Exercise Recovery
If your joints are hurting after exercising, cryotherapy can also help speed up your recovery. Since cryogenic increases the production of anti-inflammatory proteins in your body and also increases your white blood cell count, it not only helps with pain reduction but can help your muscles regenerate faster after you face an injury.
4. Improves Mental Disorders
Apart from reducing your pain, cryotherapy can also help reduce symptoms of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. A study recently revealed that adults who were suffering from depression saw a significant decrease in their symptoms when undergoing cryotherapy alongside their regular medication. Another study revealed that cryogenic not only improved symptoms of depression, but it also reduced anxiety and resulted in overall greater life satisfaction when it was regularly undertaken for over three weeks.
Since cryotherapy reduces inflammation, it may also help prevent certain forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Visit the Superhuman Clinic to Start Your Cryotherapy Session
If you’re looking for a quick way to reduce inflammation, recover from your injuries, and improve your mental health, cold exposure at controlled temperatures and timings may be what you’re looking for. A health expert at the Superhuman Clinic can give you an assessment and let you know if cryotherapy is the best option to help you reach your health goals.